Private Charles William Mercer

Private Charles William Mercer

Charles William Mercer
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Charles William Mercer Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Charles William Mercer was born on the 21st of June 1884 in Dorking, Surrey to carpenter Thomas Mercer and Eliza Mercer nee King.

Charles William’s father Thomas Mercer was born in the 3rd quarter of 1842 in Dorking, Surrey to sawer and carpenter William Mercer (1817-1897), and Mary Mercer nee Taylor (1824-1902). William Mercer was the son of wheelwright and sawer William Mercer and Mary Mercer. Mary Taylor was the daughter of carpenter Charles Taylor and Phillis Taylor. Thomas Mercer was baptised on the 11th of December 1842 at St Mary’s Church in Holmwood.

Charles William’s mother Eliza King was born in the 3rd quarter of 1854 in Dorking, Surrey to labourer Frederick Austin King (1829-1902) and Ann King nee Skilton (1831-1912). Frederick Austin King was the son of labourer John King and Martha King. Ann Skilton was the daughter of labourer Peter Skilton and Rebecca Skilton. Eliza King was baptised on the 13th of August 1854 at St Mary’s Church in Holmwood.

At the time of the 1871 Census, Eliza was a servant to watercolour artist and landscaper Robert [?] in Holmwood.

Thomas Mercer and Eliza King married by Banns on the 11th of March 1876 at St Mary’s Church in Holmwood. At the time of the marriage, the couple lived in Holmwood and Thomas was working as a carpenter.

Charles William Mercer had five siblings: Eliza Mary Anne Mercer born in the 3rd quarter of 1879 in Dorking, Surrey and baptised on the 31st of Aug of 1879 in Dorking, Surrey; Louisa Alice Mercer born on the 19th of July 1882 in Dorking, Surrey and baptised on the 13th of August 1882 in Dorking, Surrey; Albert John Willie Mercer born in the 4th quarter of 1888 in Dorking, Surrey and baptised on the 18th of Nov 1888 in Dorking, Surrey and the twins Emily Ellen Mercer and Lilian Fanny Mercer born on the 11th of December 1892 in Dorking, Surrey and baptised on the 12th of February 1893 in Dorking, Surrey.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived in Hampstead Road in Dorking, Surrey. Thomas was working as a carpenter and Eliza was looking after their daughter Eliza Mary Anne.

Charles William Mercer Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk
Charles William Mercer Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Charles William Mercer was born on the 21st of June of 1884 in Dorking, Surrey and was baptised on the 3rd of August 1884 at St Paul’s Church in Dorking. At this time the family lived at 7 Hampstead Road in Dorking.

Charles William Mercer 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family moved to 12 Hampstead Road in Dorking. Thomas was still working as a carpenter and Eliza was looking after their children Eliza Mary Anne, Louisa Alice, Charles William and Albert John Willie.

Thomas Mercer died in 1899 and he was buried on the 3rd of December 1899 at the Dorking Municipal Cemetery.

Charles William Mercer 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1901 Census 2 © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1901 Census 2 © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, widowed Eliza was living with her children: grocer’s boy Charles Williams and scholars Albert John Willie, Emily Ellen and Lilian Fanny at 20 Hampstead Road in Dorking. In the household also lived three lodgers: house painter Mr. Smith, carriage painter Mr. Collins and photographer Mr. Law.

Charles William Mercer 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911, the family lived at 6 Harrowgate Gardens in Dorking. Eliza was at home and her son Charles William was working as a gardener. The accommodation had four rooms.

Charles William’s brother, Albert John Willie Mercer married Emily Elizabeth Irons in the 1st quarter of 1911 in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Emily Elizabeth Irons was born on the 16th of May 1890 in St Albans to Thomas Irons and Elizabeth Irons. Emily Elizabeth died in 1970 in Watford, Hertfordshire. At the time of the 1911 Census, Albert John Willie and Emily Elizabeth lived at 35 Adelaide Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire. Albert John Willie was working as a piano player fitter.

Charles William Mercer enlisted in Dorking. He became a private of the Royal Fusiliers with a regimental number G26161. Later he was transferred into the 12th Battalion the Cornwall’s Light Infantry. His new regimental number was 26114.

Netley Hospital © Alexandra Edwards (ex QARANC)
Royal Victoria Hospital © Alexandra Edwards (ex QARANC)

Charles William Mercer died on the 10th of May 1916 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Netley, Hampshire. He was buried on the 14th of May 1916 at the Dorking Municipal Cemetery. His grave reference is 3.8523. The headstone bears inscription “Until the Day Break” commissioned by Eliza Mercer of 13 Hampstead Road, Dorking.

Charles William Mercer Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk
Charles William Mercer Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Charles William’s mother Eliza received £1, 10s, 7d on the 10th of July 1916; 7s, 8d on the 19th of June 1917; and £3 on the 29th of October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. Charles William’s sisters Eliza Mary Anne and Louisa Alice received 7s, 8d on the 10th of July 1916 in Soldier’s Effects.

Charles William’s brother Albert John Willie became a rifleman of the 16th Battalion the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. His regimental number was R/34032.

Albert John Willie Mercer died on the 15th of April 1918 in an action in France & Flanders. He is commemorated at the Ploegsteert Memorial Cemetery in Belgium.

Eliza Mercer died in 1933 in Dorking, Surrey.

Son of                          Thomas and Eliza Mercer of 13 Hampstead Road, Dorking

Regiment                     12th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Number                       26144

Former Regiment         Royal Fusiliers
Number                        G/26161

Date of Death              10th May 1916
Place of Death             Netley Military Hospital, Netley, Hampshire

Age                              31

Cemetery                    Dorking Cemetery

Charles William MercerImages © Royston Williamson 2015